Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Consultancy for UNDP Mapping Exercises on Displacement and (Crisis) Migration, Youth Employment and Innovative Partners on Early Recovery

Background
UNDP works with communities and societies affected by disaster and conflicts to achieve early and long term economic recovery and livelihoods recovery of the people. Livelihoods and economic recovery programmes are linked to the process of promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, working with institutions and communities to recover, be resilient and sustainable. By doing so, we help societies and countries in their rapid return to sustainable development by tackling the social, economic and environmental drivers of vulnerability.
The work under this assignment relates to various parts of UNDP’s portfolio under the Sustainable Development Cluster. All deliverables however, are contributing to UNDP’s efforts to provide a critical data base of information as a basis for strategy/ policy development (i.e. UNDP strategy on Displacement and Crisis Migration, UNDP Strategy on Youth Employment, UNDP strategy/ policy paper on Women’s Economic Empowerment) as well as UNDP’s commitment under the AWP to expand its innovative partnerships for Early Recovery. All three areas of work are core areas under the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 (in particular Outcome 1 and Outcome 6).
Displacement and Crisis migration- mapping and review of existing UNDP programmes
Although both displacement and migration have long been a critical topic on both humanitarian and development agendas, recent events have led to increased attention (see below), urging for a common and strong UNDP position and clear and predictable offer. In order to facilitate in internal coordination and a timely, common UNDP response, a UNDP Steering Group on Displacement and Migration will be established (co-lead by BPPS and CRU at ASG level). UNDP will also develop a corporate strategy/ policy paper on Displacement and (crisis) migration in 2015.
As a basis for this, UNDP urgently needs to carry out a UNDP mapping exercise 2010-2015 on migration and displacement. The mapping exercise is aimed to provide an Overview of UNDP programmes and other support provided related to displacement and migration over the last 5 years. This includes inter-agency work as well as various (early) recovery programmes that are not ‘labelled’ or presented as displacement, but benefit specifically various displaced groups as well as host communities. This mapping report will also be aimed to collect data on results achieved as the basis for a preliminary report on key displacement related results (2013-2015);
The mapping will also be a critical product/ exercise to support UNDP positioning in inter-agency fora as well as in communication with donors on UNDP’s comparative advantage, results and offer in this area of work. This includes amongst others input into the:
- World Humanitarian Summit and other fora: As a follow up to the WHS European consultations, UNDP has recently agreed to launch the Humanitarian Development Action Group, a high-level informal group of humanitarian and development agencies (UNDP, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA and WB), with facilitation from the Center on International Cooperation (CIC). The objective of this informal group is to discuss, at the strategic level and in a smaller setting than the IASC and UNDG, issues that cut across humanitarian and development communities, in particular the relief to development gap and displacement issues.
The WHS will require strong UNDP positioning as well as a series of UNDP inputs in preparation of the WHS and various side meetings. In addition to that, UNDP positioning will be required for instance including the Brussels Roundtable and the side meeting during the High-level segment of the General Assembly on the SDGs.
Recent ‘spikes’ in irregular migration flows across Africa and Arab States via the Mediterranean Sea to Europe as well as across the Andaman Sea/Malacca Straits. The EU has approached UNDP and other partners, including discussions on how to reduce theincentives for irregular migration, addressing the root causes through development cooperation”. This has increased the urgency for UNDP to formulate an appropriate, rights and development based response in countries of origin, countries for first asylum and transit countries contributing to reducing tensions, exclusion and poverty that generate irregular migration flows;
Continued and/or increased levels of conflict and disasters in countries like Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan have left millions of people displaced. Over 50 million people around the world are living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. According to UNHCR figures, over three quarters of the 50 million are in a state of protracted displacement— lasting for over 5 years. It is obvious that conflict in these countries may not end soon. Such crises require development interventions early on alongside humanitarian support, amongst others to help prevent displacement from becoming even more protracted. In addition to that, those situations have seen a proliferation of urban, out-of-camp displacement. Host communities become increasingly distressed by large and sudden demographic influxes. These exacerbate vulnerabilities, generate pressure on the delivery of basic services, increase competition for jobs and livelihoods and threaten social cohesion, where UNDP is called upon to provide support as an ER and development actor, complementing the humanitarian response.
2. Youth employment- mapping and review of existing UNDP programmes
This mapping exercise on youth employment will form the basis of the development of UNDP Youth employment strategy paper and support UNDP corporate positioning and reporting in this area of work. It contributes to the delivery of Outcome 1 and 6 of the UNDP Strategic plan and will also feed into the policy and programme work on Jobs and Livelihoods, all falling under the UNDP Sustainable Development Cluster. The mapping exercise will also be the basis of the development of a series of communication materials on UNDP’s work on youth employment.
Today’s generation of young people, at 1.2 billion, is the largest the world has ever known. More than 600 million youth live in fragile and conflict-affected countries and territories. The growing youth demographic is particularly prominent in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and in the Middle East and North Africa. One of the most critical challenges faced by this generation of young people is armed conflict.
Marginalized youth who lack economic livelihoods and employment opportunities may be prone to become attracted to illicit sectors, organized crime and gang associations or piracy. The growing dissatisfaction with political leadership and livelihood opportunities is also attracting increasing numbers of youth towards ideologically-driven groups associated with radicalization, violence and extremism. At the same time, marginalized youth are often also the victims of limited citizen security and deficiencies in access to justice. However, also the potential contribution of young people to effective peace-building and reconstruction has received little attention and support. Young people’s contributions and leadership in preventing and resolving conflict, violence and extremism, or in the recovery process after crisis, is a rich resource essential to building sustainable peace and stability. Young people can play valuable roles as innovators and agents of change, and their contribution should be actively supported and seen as part of building peaceful communities and supporting democratic governance in crisis and post-conflict settings. Young people have demonstrated the potential to build bridges across communities, working together, helping to manage conflict and promote peace.
Support livelihoods stabilization of young men and women as early on as possible in crisis-affected settings as an important building block for resilience and to support social cohesion. Entry points include emergency employment and entrepreneurship and recovery of critical livelihoods assets, including skills development and access to finance. Provide youth at-risk of (re)joining armed or criminal groups with alternative/diversified livelihoods opportunities as conflict prevention. Engage youth in recovery efforts (e.g. rehabilitation of social and socio-economic community infrastructure) to support a more positive image of youth at risk in reintegration efforts.
Innovative partnerships for Early Recovery- mapping and review for the ABP
This mapping exercise will aim to provide an overview of UNDP’s innovative partnerships for Early Recovery. This area of work is a core priority for 2015, as identified under the AWP. It also contributes to the delivery of the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017, in particular Outcome 6. The outcomes of the mapping/ review, will also serve as basis for UNDP to identify initiatives to scale up/ roll out in other crisis affected countries and feed into the overall development of the emergency livelihoods UNDP Crisis Response Packages.
The mapping exercise will provide a broad overview of ongoing innovative partnerships, including partnerships with the private sector, enabling UNDP to deliver better and timely results.
Women’s economic empowerment – mapping exercise and review
UNDP is strongly committed to enhance women’s economic empowerment, including in (crisis) affected countries as part of UNDP’s lead role on Early Recovery as well as more broadly as part of jobs and livelihoods support. UNDP’s commitment to this end is strongly reflected in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017, including Outcome 6 and 1.
The mapping exercise will form a critical basis for the development of a UNDP strategy paper on women’s economic empowerment as well as the the development of a series of communication materials on UNDP’s roles and offer in this area of work.
Finalization of the UNDP Emergency Livelihoods Crisis Response Packages
Disasters and violent conflicts are increasingly eroding countries and communities’ development gains making them less resilient to future risks and shocks. Resilience building is identified as one of the key areas of work for UNDP under the Strategic Plan 2014 -2017.  Effective crisis response enables quick recovery and is a first step towards building resilience.  UNDP has developed a crisis response mechanism that defines the roles and responsibilities of the various parts of the organization to respond to crisis with speed and predictability. The crisis response mechanism has established systems and processes that enable country offices to rapidly scale up its programmatic and operations capacities to support early and long term recovery of people affected by disasters or conflicts.
Following a restructuring process, UNDP identified strategic principles that underpin the organization capacity to be effective in crisis response, rapid recovery and return to sustainable development pathways. Firstly, for UNDP to be able to respond to a crisis rapidly, the organization must have an agreed mechanism to bring together all parts of the organization, including on programme substance, operations, coordination, partnership, and communication to respond timely. Secondly, for a multidisciplinary organization like UNDP, it is also important to achieve predictability in crisis response.
The UNDP Emergency Employment livelihoods packages have been drafted. Support under this assignment will be required to finalize the packages, in order to reach required deliverables as requested by the EG by the end of 2015.
The IOM reported that from January 2014 to April 2015 there has been 5,008 deaths of migrants/refugees in the Mediterranean due to unsafe travel from Africa to Europe.  According to IOM, the total estimated number of people arriving by sea to Italy in 2015 is now over 45,000. This represents a slight increase from the same period last year, when arrivals were 41,243. During the month of May alone, Italy registered nearly 20,000 arrivals.
UNHCR and IOM have estimated that some 25,000 people travelled by boat in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in the first quarter of 2015. Overall some 88,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis have risked their lives on smugglers' boats since 2014 and more than 1,000 have died at sea. UNHCR estimates that 2,000 people are still stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and further 1,500 further to the south in the Andaman Sea area.
Draft IANYD guidelines on Youth Participation in Peace-building, 2013.
The UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 provides the strategic framework for the role of UNDP and identifies key deliverables on early recovery programmes and coordination, access to services, conflict and disaster recovery, among others, including: Outcome 6 (Early recovery and rapid return to sustainable development pathways are achieved in post-conflict and post-disaster settings); Outcome 3 (Countries have strengthened institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services), Outcome 5 (Countries are able to reduce the likelihood of conflict and lower the risk of natural disasters, including from climate change) and Outcome 1 (Growth and development are inclusive and sustainable, incorporating productive capacities that create employment and livelihoods for the poor and excluded).
The restructure involved, among other actions, the establishment of a Crisis Response Unit (CRU) and the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
Key activities the consultant will be asked to carry out include:
  • Support SDC/ LERT with the mapping exercise and review of data for UNDP programmes displacement and migration over the last 5 years.
This exercise will include amongst others:
  • i) Consolidation of existing data;
  • ii) Collection of new materials through an extensive online search and follow up with country offices and regional centers;
  • iii) Review of data and results. The data collection will take place on the basis for available criteria.

  • Support SDC/ LERT with a mapping exercise and review of data on youth employment for UNDP programmes over the last 5 years.
This exercise will include amongst others:
  • i) Consolidation of existing data;
  • ii) Collection of new materials through an extensive online search and follow up with country offices and regional centers;
  • iii) Review of data and results. The data collection will take place on the basis for available criteria.
Support SDC/ LERT with a mapping exercise and review of data on UNDP engagement in innovative partnerships on Early Recovery over the last 5 years.
This exercise will include amongst others:
  • i) Consolidation of existing data;
  • ii) Collection of new materials through an extensive online search and follow up with country offices and regional centers;
  • iii) Review of data and results. The data collection will take place on the basis for available criteria.

  • Support SDC/ LERT with a mapping exercise and review of data on women’s economic empowerment for UNDP programmes over the last 5 years.
  • This exercise will include amongst others:
  • i) Consolidation of existing data;
  • ii) Collection of new materials through an extensive online search and follow up with country offices and regional centers;
  • iii) Review of data and results. The data collection will take place on the basis for available criteria.
  • Overall support to SDC/ LERT with finalization of Emergency Livelihoods Crisis Response Packages, focusing on data management and filing of materials collected during the CRPs workshop (14-18 June, 2015).
Expected Outputs and Deliverable:
  • Mapping exercise and review of displacement and migration programmes – 20 days.  Target due date is 28 October 2015;
  • Mapping exercise and review of youth employment programmes – 15 days.  Target due date is 18 Nov 15;
  • Mapping exercise and review innovative partnership initiatives for Early Recovery – 10 days.  Target due date is 3 Dec 2015;
  • Mapping exercise and review of women’s economic empowerment programmes – 12 days.  Target due date is 21 Dec 2015;
  • Data management and filing of documentation for Emergency Livelihoods Crisis Response Packages – 3 days. Target due date is 24 Dec 2015;
Institutional Arrangement:
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Livelihoods and Economic Recovery Team Leader. The consultant will work on a day to day basis with a livelihoods and economic recovery policy specialist.
Duration of work
60 days, to be completed by 24 Dec 2015.
Duty Station
NY based. The consultant will be provided with an office space to enable close cooperation with the LER team to provide overall supervision and guidance.
Competencies
  • Good organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;
  • Attention to details and proven ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision.
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in development studies or other relevant field.
Experience:
  • One to two years of prior experience working for UN type institution. Voluntary work for similar organizations recommended
  • Good writing and oral presentation skills, as well as strong analytical capacity.
  • Familiarity with UNDP’s programmes in crisis contexts;
  • Good understanding of livelihoods and economic recovery in crisis contexts both from policy and programming perspectives an asset.
Computer proficiency:
  • Excellent command of MS Office and presentation tools (i.e. Prezi or similar) a must, smart command of social media strongly recommended.
Language:
  • Fluency in English is required with good verbal and written skills.

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